Dave Cochrane hit a solo homer with one out in the ninth inning, and the can't-do-anything-wrong Lynchburg Mets took a 2-0 victory over the Alexandria Dukes last night at Four Mile Run Park.
Lynchburg has now taken three straight from the Dukes and improved its Carolina League-leading record to 41-16. The Dukes (27-28), in dropping their fifth straight, have scored just two runs in three games.
Cochrane's homer, his 15th of the season, came off reliever David Johnson, who thought he had strike three on Cochrane with his 1-2 pitch just before. Lynchburg added another run on a double by Julio Paula and an RBI single from Bruce Morrison, who had three of Lynchburg's seven hits.
Lynchburg starter Dwight Goodon, the Mets' first choice in the 1982 draft, struck out 12 and allowed only three hits while going nine innings for the second time this season. He now has 115 strikeouts in 71 1/3 innings.
The closest Alexandria got to a rally was back-to-back two-out walks in the fifth. In the seventh, the Dukes got a leadoff single from Nick Castaneda and a sacrifice bunt from Sam Khalifa, but Goodon responded by striking out Mike Quade and got Tomas Martinez to ground out to end the inning.
Before the game, Richard Sauveura, a left-handed pitcher from Falls Church High School, signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Dukes' parent club, and was assigned to Class A Watertown, N.Y., in the New York-Penn short season league. Sauveura was the Pirates' fifth-round pick in Tuesday's draft